Tallgrass Prairie Publications and Reports

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Endemic plants--Seeds--Middle West--Congresses; Seed supply--Middle West--Congresses;

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There were 27 invited participants from Iowa and other Midwestern states (Indiana, Minnesota, and Wisconsin). In addition, the TPC director, TPC staff members, AmeriCorps associates, and UNI students participated in organizing the meeting.

Meeting participants represented various stakeholder groups with connections to the native seed system of Iowa and the Midwest region:

 Seed consumers – need access to diverse, regionally appropriate, and affordable native seed to meet demand for restoration in various contexts.

 Seed producers and service providers – need to sustain business viability while responding to changing policy and demand for native seed and services.

 Researchers, policymakers, conservation practitioners, and educators – need communication channels to connect research with policy and practice and improve public awareness of the need and potential for seed-based restoration.

 Seed analysts and certification agencies – provide third-party quality assurance of seed germinability and source (provenance) and affect seed prices and access to specific markets.

See Appendix – List of Meeting Attendees for a complete listing of participants and their affiliations.


Department of Biology


Tallgrass Prairie Center


The 2020 Native Seed Stakeholder Meeting was held on March 4, 2020 at the UNI Center for Energy & Environmental Education and was hosted by the UNI Tallgrass Prairie Center.

The report was prepared by Laura Fischer Walter, October 22, 2020.

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UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa


©2020 Laura Fischer Walter



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